Book sale haul, day 1

As I always try to do, I hit the “pre-sale” for Friends of the Library the other night. As usual, I was a little disgusted by all the prospectors with scanners looking for stuff to resell at a profit. I know the library gets money either way but it seems really dishonest to prey on people’s good will for the library like that; after all the stuff I buy I’ll probably donate back so someone can enjoy it for a buck or less while these vultures are sending them off to jerkwad collector, right? Yeah maybe I shouldn’t begrudge them. I guess I’m just annoyed they aren’t actually there to find things to read and enjoy. Oh well.

The cover images are all swiped from Goodreads.com, which has a surprisingly complete catalog.

I’m planning to hit it again on Saturday (probably while this post goes up). They always restock the shelves between the sale days.

Not a bad haul so far for 5 bucks:

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Dragons / Hogarth & Clery (love this cover; it’s a nice illustrated miscellany on dragons)

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The magic of Atlantis / ed. Lin Carter (Atlantis-related tales by the usual pulp fantasy suspects — Howard, Kuttner, de Camp, etc.)

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Little, big / John Crowley (a hardback in excellent condition, even though it is a “book club edition”)

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Return to Quag Keep / Norton & Rabe (withdrawn library copy; I would not normally bother with Norton but this does have a D&D connection and an intro by EGG)

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Three Hainish novels / Le Guin (typical beat up book club edition but I like le Guin)

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The dwellers on the Nile / E.A. Wallis Budge (a Dover reprint of a fairly classic book on the Egyptians; I may have read this before but I’m not sure)

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Sturgeon is alive and well (stories by Theodore Sturgeon, a true master)

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Dead cities / Mike Davis (nonfiction about extinct and abandoned cities of modern times; looks interesting)

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Fantastic archaeology / Stephen Williams (about crackpot theories about North American prehistory; unfortunately I realized it has some mildew when I got it home so it will not be joining the shelves permanently; so far it’s good)

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The sundering flood / William Morris (a BAF paperback in good condition)

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Issues # 15 and 16 of Harbinger (2005) — a British miniatures magazine I’d never heard of.

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  1. Sturgeon is Alive and Well… is a hilarious title. One I’d have thought twice about. (Tempting fate and all that.)

  2. Wow, wotta great haul! You’ll never have time to read all that.

    • Ah, but I’m antisocial and generally spend my breaks and lunch reading at work. Between that, and sometimes reading to pass the time on exercise machines, I read 1-2 books per week, easy.

  3. The original Quag Keep was excellent, the sequel, less so.

  4. Left Hand of Darkness gets a lot of love, and yeah, it’s pretty alright, but those early Hainish Novels were the most fun, especially Rocannon’s World and City of Illusions. I kind of wish that LeGuin had written more Sword & Planet romance stuff; the Hainish books were a perfect place for them. The Telling could’ve used just a little bit less Cultural Anthropology In SpaceTM and a little bit more flying cat monsters…


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